Can we all just take a moment for Barack Obama and his awesomeness please?

Or several moments given that he’s in the spotlight after his beautiful speech in Chicago last week (at last something that’s actually worth breaking the internet) and rightfully so. Since his “Yes we can” presidential campaign in 2008, Obama has constantly made headlines, perhaps the biggest being that he became the first US black president from Africa, indeed a defining historical moment for America.

He’s gained so many admirers over the years, but honestly whats not to like? He commands a room like no other, wait, make that a whole stadium. FNB stadium in Johannesburg to be exact, and when he spoke there at Nelson Mandela’s memorial in 2013 there wasn’t a single soul who wasn’t mesmerized by his kind words. Of course, he isn’t perfect and he even highlighted this himself in his speech. He spoke about all the issues he hadn’t solved and some of the difficulties he encountered. But he did so with genuinity and an honesty that is so hard to come by, especially when it involves a politician and Mr Obama will definitely be missed by everyone all over the globe. We are all sad to see him go, but happy that he’s managed to make such a difference during his 8 years in the White house.

I’ve found a beautiful gallery of photography that captures some moments during Obama’s presidency, including some imagery of his time in South Africa. They really do speak volumes about his character, personality and of course his insane love for his family and his country.

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Source: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images 

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Source: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images 

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Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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Source: Carolyn Kaster/AP

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Source: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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Source: Jason Reed/Reuters

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Source: Jason Reed/Reuters

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Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/jun/29/south-africa-barack-obama

http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/11/the-obama-years-through-the-lens-of-white-house-photographer-pete-souza/508052/

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